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Superiorland Yesterdays

EDITOR’S NOTE: Superiorland Yesterdays is prepared by the reference staff at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette.

30 years ago

NEGAUNEE — The center line on the old Deadman’s Curve didn’t keep the driver of an unknown vehicle in his lane this winter. The vehicle left the roadway sometime within the last few months and knocked down the historical sign marking the spot along County Road 492 where the center line supposedly was invented. The Marquette County Historical Society and the Gwinn Middle School erected the sign in 1990. Marquette County Road Commission Superintendent John Beerling says his work crews will repair the marker sometime this spring.

“Nobody reported hitting it but one of our crews noticed that it was down,” said Beerling. “It looks like it can be repaired easily.”

A center line was first painted on the road in 1917, early enough for Marquette County to claim it as the first one in the world, although others disagree. The world’s first center line was painted at “Deadman’s Curve” because of an increase in traffic — and fatal accidents — during World War I. The curve has since been straightened.

60 years ago

NEGAUNEE — Acting on a suggestion by Councilman Clarence J. Trotochaud, the Negaunee municipal governing body at its April meeting authorized City Manager Leonard Harris to make arrangements for construction of additional neighborhood basketball courts.

“I have noticed that one of the most active recreation sites we have in the community is the blacktop basketball court near Highway U.S. 41 in the Beverly Hills area where youngsters are playing day and night,” Trotochaud said. “It appears to me that if there is much interest in this type of activity we should look around for some sites to construct additional neighborhood courts.”

Harris and the recreation director will check site possibilities during the next two weeks and the manager will report back to the council.

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